Early Childhood Education

Certificate Major

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Department of Social and Behavioral Science
Grupp 301 • Phone (215) 968-8270
Curriculum Code No. 3198

The Early Childhood Education certificate program of study prepares students for a career or continuing professional development in day care centers, nursery schools and other early childhood settings. Students are provided with a strong foundation in early childhood development, the philosophy and history of early childhood education, assessment and evaluation of preschool children, curriculum development, lesson planning and language and literacy development.

After completing this program students earn the credentials to be a level IV professional on the Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality Career Lattice. This lattice provides a framework for high quality early childhood education in the state of Pennsylvania. Entry level students can enter the workforce in day care and other early childhood career paths.

Certificate Requirements

Course Credits
COLL101
College Success Seminar
1
COMP110
English Composition I A,B
3
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology A,B
3
EDUC105
Foundation for Early Learning Pre K-4 A,B,C,D
3
EDUC115
Observing and Recording the Behavior of Young Children C,D
3
EDUC120
Early Learning and Development I –ages birth-5 C,D
3
EDUC150
Math & Science Experiences for Young Children C,D
3
EDUC160
Introduction to Exceptionalities C,D
3
EDUC170
Language & Literacy Development Pre K-4 C,D
3
EDUC200
Integrated Art, Movement and Play C,D
3
EDUC206
Fieldwork, Observation/Assessment in Education II Pre K-4 B,C,D
3
Total 31

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended

First Semester

Course Credits
COLL101
College Success Seminar
1
COMP110
English Composition I A,B
3
EDUC105
Foundation for Early Learning Pre K-4 A,B,C,D
3
EDUC120
Early Learning and Development I –ages birth-5 C,D
3
EDUC150
Math & Science Experiences for Young Children C,D
3
EDUC170
Language & Literacy Development Pre K-4 C,D
3
Total 16

Second Semester

Course Credits
PSYC110
Introduction to Psychology A,B
3
EDUC115
Observing and Recording the Behavior of Young Children C,D
3
EDUC160
Introduction to Exceptionalities C,D
3
EDUC200
Integrated Art, Movement and Play C,D
3
EDUC206
Fieldwork, Observation/Assessment in Education II Pre K-4 B,C,D
3
Total 15

A Placement testing required.
B Course requires prerequisite.
C Field experience component.
D PA clearances required.

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